Do you want to turn your garage into a useable space? Are you selling your home soon and want to showcase the functionality of your garage to potential home buyers? These 5 tips can help turn any garage into a useful space.
5 Tips to Improve the Functionality of Your Garage:
Clear out Clutter
The first step to turning your garage into a functional space is to clear out the clutter! The best way to do this is to remove everything (yes, everything!) from your garage. It’s easy for stuff to get lost in a garage so by taking everything out, you’ll be able to sort through your belongings better. Then, divide your stuff into 3 piles: keep, throw away, donate/sell. Be thoughtful with what you decide to keep. If it’s something that you haven’t used or looked at in years, chances are you don’t really need it.
The number one trick to creating an organized space, whether it’s a garage or a kitchen, is to give every object a home. Take a look at your “keep” pile and determine what storage options will work best for these objects. If you have a lot of tools, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a good toolbox. Consider adding shelving and hooks. High shelves are a great place for storage bins of seasonal and infrequently used items. Things like rakes, shovels, garden supplies, and even bikes store well on hooks.
Tip: Use clear storage bins so you can easily see what’s inside.
Add More Lighting
No matter how clean and organized, if your garage isn’t well-lit, it won’t be very functional. If you need a flashlight to see inside your storage bins or get from your car to the house, that's a problem. If you have a workbench in your garage, proper lighting isn’t just a luxury, it’s a safety issue. So if you’re straining to see in your garage, it’s time to add more lighting.
Apply an Epoxy Finish to the Floor
Applying an epoxy finish to your garage floor will help brighten the space and prolong the life of the floor. Epoxy finishes last longer than other types of finishes so once you tackle this task, it shouldn’t need to be done again for many years to come. It’s a relatively easy project, so consider doing-it-yourself.
Replace Your Old Garage Door
Now that your garage is clean, organized, and bright, give it a beautiful garage door. Garage doors don’t cost a lot, but they go a long way towards improving curb appeal. They are a great return on investment! Choose a garage door that will provide some insulation and will open and shut quietly.
If your garage door is functional and in good condition, consider just replacing/adding new hardware.
Have you recently cleaned out or remodeled your garage? What tips do you have for others working on this space?